Susan D Wilson

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We report here the nucleotide sequence of the L gene of avian pneumovirus (APV). This is the second pneumovirus L gene and the second avian paramyxovirus L gene, following that of Newcastle disease virus, to be sequenced. The APV L gene is 6099 nucleotides long and encodes a single large ORF of 2004 amino acids. This makes the APV L protein the smallest to(More)
Although cancer is largely seen as a disease stemming from genetic mutations, evidence has implicated epigenetic regulation of gene expression as a driving force for tumorigenesis. Epigenetic regulation by histone modification, specifically through polycomb group (PcG) proteins such as EZH2 and BMI-1, is a major driver in stem cell biology and is found to(More)
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a recently described member of the Paramyxoviridae family/Pneumovirinae subfamily and shares many common features with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), another member of the same subfamily. hMPV causes respiratory tract illnesses that, similar to human RSV, occur predominantly during the winter months and have symptoms that(More)
The single amino acid change Gly172 to Ser in the phosphoprotein (P) of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has previously been shown to be responsible for the thermosensitivity and protein-negative phenotype of tsN19, a mutant of the B subgroup RSN-2 strain. This single change was inserted into the P gene of the A subgroup virus RSS-2, and the resulting(More)
Human rhinovirus species C (HRV-C) was recently discovered using molecular diagnostic techniques and is associated with lower respiratory tract disease, particularly in children. HRV-C cannot be propagated in immortalized cell lines, and currently sinus organ culture is the only system described that is permissive to HRV-C infection ex vivo. However, the(More)
BACKGROUND Palivizumab is a US Food and Drug Administration-approved monoclonal antibody for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) lower respiratory disease in high-risk infants. Motavizumab, derived from palivizumab with enhanced antiviral activity, has recently been tested in humans. Although palivizumab escape mutants have been generated in(More)
The organotypic (raft) culture system has allowed the study of the entire differentiation-dependent life cycle of human papillomaviruses (HPVs), including virion morphogenesis. We introduced linearized HPV45 genomic DNA into primary keratinocytes, where it recircularized and maintained episomally at a range of 10-50 copies of HPV genomic DNA. Following(More)
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is genetically related to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); both cause respiratory tract illnesses ranging from a mild cough to bronchiolitis and pneumonia. The F protein-directed monoclonal antibody (mAb) palivizumab has been shown to prevent severe lower respiratory tract RSV infection in animals and humans. We have(More)
The increasing incidence of Klebsiella pneumoniae infections refractory to treatment with current broad-spectrum antibiotic classes warrants the exploration of alternative approaches, such as antibody therapy and/or vaccines, for prevention and treatment. However, the lack of validated targets shared by spectrums of clinical strains poses a significant(More)
Fusion of proteins to the Fc region of IgG is widely used to express cellular receptors and other extracellular proteins, but cleavage of the fusion partner is sometimes required for downstream applications. Immunoglobulin G-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus pyogenes (IdeS) is a protease with exquisite specificity for human IgG, and it can also cleave(More)